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The Princess Bride

Literary Crushes: The Romantic Leads in Books Who Are Worthy of Your Affection!

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It’s no secret that a bunch of the books we consider uber-romantic are actually kind of creepy. Tweens found Edward Cullen irresistible, despite the fact that he has an over 100 year age difference from his 17-year-old girlfriend. Grown women find Mr. Rochester’s Byronic shtick super sexy, even though he literally locked his wife in an attic for years and dressed up like a creepy “gypsy fortune-teller” to trick his new squeeze into revealing her feelings for him. While we as readers can’t help who we’re desperately attracted to, a lot of the time even the romantic leads who aren’t bad boys still have glaringly problematic issues that I just can’t get over. So, here are some options for literary…

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Failed It/Nailed It: Which of these Fractured Fairy Tales Got it Right?

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Failed It: Ella Enchanted I first read Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine when I was 14 years old. I was immediately captivated by the story: it’s a loose retelling of Cinderella, but with way more mythical creatures and a headstrong heroine named Ella, who’s “blessed” as a child with the gift of obedience. But the gift—given by a clueless, but kind-hearted, fairy named Lucinda—is more of a curse, forcing Ella to agree to anything anyone asks of her. Because she can’t refuse, she puts herself and those she loves in danger and becomes prey to some truly nasty stepsisters. It’s not until she meets and falls in love with Charmont (or Char for short), the prince of Frell, that…

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The Basic Bitch Exists in Books and We Have Five Favorites

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Fall is the season of basic bitches: pumpkin spice everything, infinity scarves, knee-high boots and scented candles that smell like “Autumn Wreath.” A basic bitch devours these things, or at least Instagrams herself with them on the regular: #lovingfall #pumpkins #uggsarewarm. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, let me educate you: a basic bitch is a girl with no real distinct personality, who loves anything that’s popular and paints her life as an endless stream of duck-face selfies while clutching a Starbucks latte. We all know a basic bitch—hell, sometimes we are basic bitches (pumpkin spice just tastes sooo good!). And basic bitches have been around a lot longer than you’d think: they’ve been cropping up in our books for…

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The Man in Black reveals all about The Princess Bride? Inconceivable!

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If you’re of a certain age, your go-to fairy-tale movie was The Wizard of Oz. It had magic ruby slippers, good and wicked witches, a tin man, and a talking, dancing scarecrow. Over the past 27 years, though, movie fans have been increasingly drawn to The Princess Bride. It has swashbuckling swordsman, Rodents of Unusual Size, a bona-fide giant, and Billy Crystal as an ancient, wise-cracking wizard. Like The Wizard of Oz, The Princess Bride enjoyed lukewarm success at the box office. But repeated showings (in Bride’s case, through VHS and DVD) helped make both films beloved classics. Now, fans of The Princess Bride can take a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made, thanks to As You Wish: Inconceivable…

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